WSS4: Official Name and Release Date for Big Brother Announced

CMS Wire broke the news, and twitter spread the word: The official name for SharePoint vNext, is Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. Yeah, that means a late release, at least later than what some people hoped.

The official release date is to have a technical preview in Q3, 2009, and final release sometime in Q1-2 2010, more or less in tune with what I mentioned in an earlier post on the delay of vNext in February.

The long-awaited SP2, however, is set to ship a lot sooner, and should hit the shelves in late April, according to Joel Oleson. It is from the early previews of that service pack that several people, my self included, reported on the theory that CAML might be removed as the rendering language in WSS4. At least, CAML will be removed for custom list views and maybe also custom field types.

Good news or bad? Well, it depends on whether you enjoy CAML or not. If you do, you might want to pick up my book, which has a chapter dedicated to CAML.

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Bjørn Furuknap

I previously did SharePoint. These days, I try new things to see where I can find the passion. If you have great ideas, cool projects, or is in general an awesome person, get in touch and we might find out together.

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